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Q & A with Architect Robert Swatt

Sometimes the big draw of a property is obvious. Other times, it’s harder to predict. “It’s always interesting to see what draws a particular buyer to a property, what they fall in love with first,” says Lafayette Realtor Dana Green. Consider, for example, the Bella Vista Estate that Green just listed on Lafayette’s Upper Happy Valley Road. “The Bella Vista property has spectacular features –...

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Mark A. McLaughlin, CEO of Pacific Union International

Attention Home Owners Looking to Sell, Lafayette Home Buyers are Waiting for You!

Mark A. McLaughlin, CEO of Pacific Union International posted an insightful and thoughtful article today about the current state of the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market, low inventory levels, and the resulting opportunities this situation holds for people looking to sell their homes. Says McLaughlin: “…For the most part, our markets are supply-constrained. We have more motivated buyers than we do properly improved, located...

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James Moore Sculpture - Pool of Lafayette, CA Home

The Artsy Side of Lafayette California Real Estate

There’s an art to selling real estate in Lafayette, but there are also art lessons for Realtors, too. “One of the fun things about being a Realtor is the chance to view personal fine art collections that often include museum quality pieces and artists we are more familiar seeing in public spaces,” says Lafayette Realtor Dana Green. James Moore Sculptures in Lafayette   A great...

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Lafayette, CA 2011 Real Estate Statisics - PUI Snapsho

Year End 2011 Lafayette Real Estate Market Data Released by Pacific Union

Lafayette Real Estate Market Statistics 2011 Pacific Union released fourth quarter 2011 Lafayette real estate market data. This is just the snapshot view.Expect the formal report in the coming days. If you have trouble reading this data below, click here for alternative access to the Pacific Union 2011 Market Snapshot for Lafayette CA. 2011 Statistics include the following: Average sales price for homes sold in...

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Video highlights Lafayette CA Neighborhoods served by Lafayette Elementary School

Just 24 miles from San Francisco, Lafayette is the perfect blend of urban and community, a slice of family paradise, where children can explore, ride bikes to neighborhood pools, safely shop downtown and play sports on pristine fields. Low on density, high on greenery, Lafayette offers Mediterranean weather, excellent schools, and an easy commute to San Francisco thanks to the BART station in the town...

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Pacific Union's Contra Costa Housing Report

Lafayette and the November 2011 Contra Costa Housing Report

Pacific Union International’s Contra Costa Housing Report is out, and I recommend reading the related Pacific Union blog post about it. Among other things, inventory is down but homes that are well priced are selling relatively quickly. This data supports what I am seeing in the Lafayette, CA, market but doesn’t include information about properties that are currently available but fall under the MLS radar....

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Don’t Miss Great Houses by Relying Solely on Online Real Estate Tools

Are you spending long hours at the computer looking for your dream home? While online real estate search tools can go a long way to helping narrow interest criteria, they don’t necessarily provide a 360-degree view of the state of that local market. Many are filtering active MLS (“Multiple Service Listings”) listing data, which doesn’t always have full information about all available properties. The best...

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Silver Springs home for sale in Lafayette, CA

Rarely Available Silver Springs Home for Sale in Lafayette, CA

Rarely-Available Silver Springs Opportunity! 3565 Silver Springs Road, Lafayette, CA .64-Acre Property | 4 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath | 2242 Sq. Ft. OPEN Sunday, December 4, 1pm – 4pm Located on one of the largest lots in Silver Springs, this sprawling .64-acre, pancake-flat parcel is situated in the heart of Lafayette in an easily accessible neighborhood.  This single-story charmer boasts a flexible floor plan ideal...

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Video Highlights Happy Valley Neighborhoods in Lafayette, CA

Happy Valley Elementary, located a little more than a mile from the BART station, serves what some people feel are the most prestigious neighborhoods in Lafayette. On our Lafayette map, it’s the area marked in yellow. Where to Find Lafayette’s Largest Estates Happy Valley is where you’ll find Lafayette’s largest selection of custom estate homes. Some rest on hilltops, boasting panoramic views while others are...

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Dividing Lafayette CA into Quadrants

Video Focuses on Lafayette Real Estate in Reliez Valley and Other Springhill Elementary Neighborhoods

Each of Lafayette, California’s many neighborhoods has its own personality. The differences can be both subtle and obvious. The best way to begin to learn about Lafayette is to divide it into four quadrants that can be easily identified by Lafayette’s four award-winning public elementary schools. While a car tour is always preferable,  newcomers will gain quick insight into Lafayette real estate options by watching...

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3392 Las Huertas, Lafayette, CA

New Video: Lafayette, Caifornia’s Burton Valley Neighborhood Offers Traditional Neighborhood Lifestyle

Tucked near the Moraga border, Burton Valley Elementary is the largest of all the Lafayette elementary schools, both in terms of students and facilities. That means lots of park-like land for families to use for fun and youth sports but it also means that the school boundary lines cast a wider net. There are many students who are walking distance to school but others typically...

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Buying Real Estate – Think Value Not Just Price

I’ve noticed something about our current Lafayette real estate market: Buyers are getting distracted, focusing on price alone. Investing in Lafayette Real Estate – Price vs. Value The thing that concerns me is that people seem to think a low price makes a property a good investment. They’re confusing price and value. Real estate market value is always first about lot and location. Lot and...

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4 Quick Tips to Reduce Stress & Cost of Your Real Estate Transaction

We are knee-deep in college applications at our house. As my son writes his essays, the word preparation keeps coming to the forefront. It’s one of the qualities he learned on the road to becoming an Eagle Scout. He’s not the only one thinking about the Boy Scout motto. Yesterday, in John Boe’s RIS Media article titled, “Planning Counts: Be Prepared,” Boe states, “I believe...

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Just Listed: Lafayette Trail Neighborhood Gem with Backyard Oasis!

Home For Sale Along Lafayette CA Trail Tucked in the heart of Lafayette along the prized bike trail, this newly updated home is perfect for casual living indoors and out! The genuine warmth of this house evokes a sense of small-town living while the short jaunt to top-rated Lafayette schools, downtown, commute routes and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, reflect its ideal central location....

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Pacific Union Real Estate Statistics Contra Costa County October 2011

Excellent Opportunities for Smart Home Buyers in Lafayette, CA

October Real Estate Statistics showed a continued disparity between listing price and closing prices on local real estate transactions. November 2011 Lafayette CA Real Estate Market I am already, though, seeing a large increase in movement in the Lafayette CA real estate market in November. New seller listings are coming out closer to market pricing and that means those properties are moving faster. Advice for...

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Homes for Sale in Lafayette CA Trail Neighborhood 2011

Rare Opporunity: Lafayette Trail Neighborhood Home for Sale

Exclusive Pocket Listing in Lafayette California! Click to View Virtual Tour of this home for sale in Lafayette, CA Home available to be seen on Tuesday, November 8, between 10am-2pm by appointment. Please call Dana Green at (925) 339-1918 for an appointment and address. Beautifully updated 3957 sq. ft., 5BD/3BA single-story craftsman remodeled by DH Structures in 2003.  Chef’s kitchen with breakfast bar and walk-in...

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RISMedia's November, 2011, Edition of Real Estate Magazine

Bank of America Warns Home Buyers: Don’t Miss the Interest Rate Savings

There’s an interesting Q&A article with Bank of America’s Matt Vernon in RISMedia‘s November issue of Real Estate Magazine. Vernon is the Executive who overseas Bank of America’s Consumer Sales of Home Loans Division. In the article, Vernon covers lots of issues that relate to the current market for property for sale in Lafayette, CA. What stood out for me, though, was Vernon’s concern that...

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Exclusive Pocket Listing in Lafayette CA Trail Neighborhood. Contact Dana Green for Details - 925-339-1918

Exclusive Lafayette, CA Trail Neighborhood Pocket Listing

Pocket Listing in Lafayette Trail Neighborhood   Beautifully updated 3957 sq. ft., 5BD/3BA single-story craftsman remodeled by DH Structures in 2003.   Chef’s kitchen with breakfast bar and walk-in pantry, kitchen/family great room, formal living/dining rooms, two offices, media room/bonus, oversized master retreat, junior suite and large secondary bedrooms.   Pancake-flat .82-acre creek side property with pool, waterslide, spa, orchard & level lawn (completed in...

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Pacific Union Logo - 2011

Pacific Union International’s “Extraordinary” Difference – The Video

I often say that Lafayette is a perfect blend – a small town feel with easy access to urban life.   In many ways, working with Pacific Union International allows me to offer something similar to you — the personal hyperlocal service you expect from me when you sell or buy homes in Lafayette, combined with easily accessible resources of a global real estate firm...

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